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post #37 of Old 11-11-2012
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Re: Garbage Island

Sd1953 you said it very well. A lot of the plastic we throw away is used to replace paper/cardboard. McDonalds replaced their food containers of cardboard with styrofoam to avoid the storm about "saving our trees". What! Trees are a renewable resource, and many wood products ARE recyclable. But we are told by one group that saving a tree is good and then another group that plastic is bad. We seem to be damed either way. I mostly am a day sailor and use my net for scouting up fish mostly for scouting up trash from our costal waters. I agree it is heart breaking to see so much trash in the ocean. I suspect that most of what I pick up in S Cal waters is from local boats. I find a lot of Mylar baloons too from cruise ships.
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